Ancestral Notes

My Family History blog

Busy With Life

Well I haven’t been doing much blogging lately, I’ve been a little preoccupied with other interests, most of which are finished for now. I did get a little research done, but now I’m ready to get back to my genealogy stuff on a regular basis again.

I do have a new toy, an early Christmas present, which will help me keep up, my Blackberry Torch. I love it! There aren’t nearly as many apps. as the IPhone, but there are a few good ones. I have the WordPress for Blackberry, which I am using right now, it is a lot better than what Blogger has to offer. It may just sway me into using my WordPress blog a lot more.

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Who Is "Genealogy" And What Can We Do To Protect Our Blogs?

Thomas MacEntee brought this subject to our attention last summer on the group on Facebook as well as at Geneabloggers. Splogs are created to direct traffic to their site which is full of stolen content. I was on Your Family Tree, a splog that Thomas MacEntee alerted us about and it was like deja vu, a lot of blog posts that I’ve read before. I haven’t seen any of my posts out there yet but I searched and found a Follow Friday Geneabloggers post that mentioned my blog. I didn’t take time to go through over 1800 genealogy posts that were there, so there probably is one. To people that aren’t bloggers, the site looks like an authentic research site, but once you start searching, it is obvious that none of the material on the site is original.

I have posted my Creative Commons License on my website but I don’t think anyone from these sites actually go to the sites to read them, so I am going to be putting my license on every blog post. It clearly states that it is not to be used on a commercial website. I hope that this makes them think twice about adding my content to their sites.

Creative Commons License
Ancestral Notes by Earline Hines Bradt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Canada License.

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It’s Nice To Belong…

It’s nice to belong to the ever-growing Geneablogging community and having great genea-friends to share experiences with and learn from.

I really enjoy being a part of the community and getting involved with the events and one of them is receiving awards and passing them on, it is a great way to bring the community together and get to know everyone.

Thank you to fellow Canadian geneablogger Joan Miller, author of the Luxegen Genealogy and Family History blog , for presenting my blog with the Happy 101 award, I’m glad you enjoy reading it.

By accepting the Happy 101 Award I have to share 10 things that make me happy so here’s my list, in no special order:

  1. Being a part of the geneablogging community.
  2. Playing with my pets.
  3. Sharing my research with others.
  4. Having family members interested in my research.
  5. Having nothing to do but blog and research.
  6. Going to auctions and flea markets.
  7. Creating, whether it be sewing, cooking, or woodworking. I like knowing that if I need something I can make it rather than going and buying it ready-made.
  8. Gardening, I like that there’s something new to see every day and that I am helping to feed my family. I even enjoy pulling weeds!
  9. Fshing off a boat with my husband.
  10. Spending time with family and friends.

Now, I want to spread some Happiness around, I’ll list 7 of the many blogs that I am happy to follow:

1. ScotGen

2. Relatively Curious About Genealogy

3. TwigTalk

4. The Dutch Rose

5. Our Twigs

6.Lessons From My Ancestors

7. Karen About Genealogy

I hope you will find these blogs interesting and add them to your reading list as well.

Filed under: Blogging, Happy 101 award, Kudos

Which Platform Is Better?

After the almost disaster that occurred this week with my Blogger blog, I was extremely happy that I had set up and imported my posts to this site last month. Now that I figured out that the problem was the Mozilla Firefox browser all along and not the Blogger platform, but there are still issues with IE8 not displaying the page at Blogger sometimes when refreshed. I am leaning more towards WordPress because of the browser issues, but I can’t decide which platform I like using, they both offer different features. I will let my readers decide which site they like better, WordPress or Blogger. You can go to my other Ancestral Notes site to vote for which one you prefer, the poll will be there for the month of January.

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Blogger VS WordPress

I have two Ancestral Notes sites, one for back-up. Both sites have unique features: Blogger has the Google Friend Connect feature and the HTML code boxes for widgets. The problem with Blogger is that it doesn’t work with Mozilla Firefox. After the update, the Firefox browser didn’t work right so I uninstalled it this morning and am currently on IE8.
I haven’t had any browser issues with WordPress and now that I have the tags and categories all straightened around, I am starting to create pages. The WordPress site is a lot cleaner, not as many widget boxes but I can make “sticky” posts with it. There are fewer templates to choose from than with Blogger with the free version. I chose a template that lets you “browse by topic” with all of the categories listed for a cleaner look.
Both sites have easy import/export features and posting by email.

There is a poll at the top of the homepage here, I will let my readers decide which site is easier to use and I’ll use the other for a backup site to import new posts to. Please visit both sites and vote on the one you prefer. I will have the poll on this blog until the end of the month and start using the chosen site in February.

Ancestral Notes on WordPress.

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Using My Back-up Site

I have decided to use my back-up site at WordPress until my Blogger site is working again. There seems to be a problem with the pop-up boxes, I can’t edit anything and I can’t insert any pictures into my posts. I did delete my holiday background by deleting the HTML widget using the Edit HTML in the Layout, but my Header banner image is still there, I can’t change it.

I have imported all of my posts to this site, but have a lot of work to do changing tags and categories. I haven’t decided on the template  am going to use yet, so next time it may be different.

I do like the Pages feature of WordPress and I might just use this site for my main site.

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Redundancy Is Good

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to have all of my eggs in one basket so I have a few different resources for backing up my blog. First of all, I just created a Springnote notebook just for my blog back-ups. I can add several different blogging platforms; Blogger,  WordPress,  Typepad,  Moveable Type or I can set it up manually:
I noticed that when I import a blog to Springnote from Blogger, only the latest posts are imported, so I have uploaded the back-up .xml file to my notebook too.

I also have Windows Live Writer that I use to create my posts offline and publish to several different platforms as well.

January update:

I tried for the last two days to change my Blogger blog back to it’s pre-holiday format, without much success. I don’t think the Blogger editing is working today, so I’m happy that I still have one back-up blog that works.

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What’s Up With Blogger Widgets?

I don’t know if it’s just my blog, but I have been having trouble this week with my widgets, and deleted the ones that weren’t working. I got a scare when I deleted one widget and my blog disappeared. I refreshed the page and it was back. Needless to say, I promptly backed up my blog to my hard drive.

I checked the Blogger Known Issues and was surprised to see that there are outstanding issues with the widgets, one widget was actually mal-ware and all of the blogs with the widget were disabled. I am afraid to put any new widgets on my blog now.

Does Blogger check out the safety of the widgets on the site, or can anyone make a widget and upload it for everyone to use? I think they should check out any new widget before they allow users to put it on their site, there are a lot of crazies out there. Who knows, backing up your blog to your hard drive might even be dangerous. I think I’ll start backing it up online to my notebook from now on.

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How Easy Is That? Getting My License


I have been putting off getting a Creative Commons license to protect my blog content because I didn’t know how to go about it, but it was just a matter of filling in a form and choosing which license I needed and copying and pasting HTML code into a box!

I want to share the information on my blog with fellow researchers and anyone who is just curious, but I don’t want to have it used to promote a company or product, so I decided on this license option:

Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported.

You are free:

to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work

Under the following conditions:

  • AttributionYou must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

    What does “Attribute this work” mean?
    The page you came from contained embedded licensing metadata, including how the creator wishes to be attributed for re-use. You can use the HTML here to cite the work. Doing so will also include metadata on your page so that others can find the original work as well.

  • NoncommercialYou may not use this work for commercial purposes.

  • No Derivative WorksYou may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

With the understanding that:

  • Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
  • Public Domain — Where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.
  • Other Rights — In no way are any of the following rights affected by the license:
    • Your fair dealing or fair use rights, or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations;
    • The author’s moral rights;
    • Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights.
  • Notice — For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page.

As I have other persons’ work on my site (my mother’s poetry, guest posts, etc.), I felt that the best way to protect it was to use this Non-Derivative license because I don’t want to see my mother’s poetry set to music or altered in any way without my knowledge or permission. You may choose other less restricted options for your site here: Creative Commons Licenses. If I’d known how easy it was to get my license I would have gotten it a long time ago.

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Deck The Halls…..Fa La La La La La La La La


The holidays are coming up and I haven’t been feeling very festive yet, so I thought that by decorating my blogs I might get into the spirit. I spent a couple of hours yesterday afternoon looking for a blogger template to use, I found a few that I liked, the first one I picked wouldn’t upload, so I’ll go back to the drawing board. I will be changing my theme today and tweaking it, so if you visit my site while I’m working on it, forgive me for the mess, decorating is a messy job.

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